The Best Small Fictions is the first ever contemporary anthology solely dedicated to anthologizing the best internationally published short hybrid fiction in a given calendar year. Now in its sixth year of existence, Best Small Fictions features the best micro fiction, flash fiction, haibun stories and prose poetry from around the world. Founded by Tara L. Masih, Best Small Fictions is now steered by series editor Nathan Leslie. Guest editors have included Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert Olen Butler (2015), PEN/Malamud Award winner Stuart Dybek (2016), Pen/Malamud Award winner Amy Hempel (2017), two-time Pushcart Prize winner Aimee Bender (2018) and, most recently, PEN/Faulkner nominee Rilla Askew (2019).


Editors are encouraged to send their five best works of flash and micro fiction, haibun stories and prose poems published in 2019. Submissions open November 11th, 2019 and run until January 10th, 2020. We encourage an eclectic array of styles and approaches. We love work featuring memorable imagery, characterization and language. Submissions should be within 1000 words, however this is an approximate guideline and we ask editors to use their own discretion. Submissions may be submitted as word documents, pdfs, or links to the published work.


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